The 4D Man (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The 4D Man (1959)

The 4D Man (1959)

The 4D Man





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This cleverly-executed but rather cheap mad-scientist flick stars Robert Lansing as Dr. Scott Nelson, a scientist who develops a device which can project a human being into the fourth dimension, enabling one to pass through any solid object. After turning the amplifier on himself, Scott discovers that trans-dimensional travel has two significant drawbacks: first, it causes a psychic deterioration that allows his basest desires to emerge, making him greedy and violent; second, it causes him to age at a severely accelerated rate as his body is drained of life-force. After using his new powers to gain riches for himself, the maddened Scott is motivated to kill innocent people in order to absorb their energy. Produced by Jack H. Harris (who also served us The Blob), whose nutty promotional campaign for the film involved a $1 million award to anyone who could prove their own ability to walk through walls!more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , , , , ,
Written By: Theodore Simonson, Cy Chermak
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2001
Universal Pictures


Robert Lansing
as Scott Nelson
Lee Meriwether
as Linda Davis
Patty Duke
as Marjorie Sutherland
James Congdon
as Tony Nelson
Jasper Deeter
as Mr. Welles
Robert Strauss
as Roy Parker
Chic James
as girl in bar
Edgar Stehli
as Dr. Carson
Elbert Smith
as Captain Rogers
George Karas
as Sergeant Todaman
Dean Newman
as Dr. Schwartz
George Kayara
as Sgt. Todaman
Elbert Smuiyh
as Capt. Rogers
John Benson
as Reporter
Robert H. Harris
as Man in Nightclub
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Critic Reviews for The 4D Man

All Critics (4)

Below mediocre sci-fi nonsense, slow paced to boot.

February 21, 2008

A guilty, almost-campy horror delight with a most curious jazz score

June 3, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

It was produced by Jack H. Harris, who started a promotional campaign for the film by offering a $1 million reward to anyone who could walk through a wall.

Full Review… | April 21, 2002
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

September 30, 2003
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for The 4D Man

This movie is super cool, especially after seeing some really bad sci-fi movies, and in contrast to the other sci-fi movies of the fifties, this one is really spectacular. I loved it, the story is very different and new, I haven't seen many other movies like this, I highly recommend it if you like sci-fi.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A researcher (who looks a lot like George Lincoln Rockwell) is doing after-hours research and accidentally burns down the building of the company for which he works, so he forced to find work elsewhere. He gets a job as an assistant to his brother who is also a scientist. The brother follows up on the research the initial brother was doing, and ends up stealing it. They have developed a method for two objects to share space at the same time, thus allowing him to move through walls and other objects. The beatnik-jazz soundtrack was a detraction, but the brother rivalry/friendship was a nice addition making this a decent sci-fi flick from this time of many of this genre of varying degrees.


Above average 1950's sci-fi film, good special effects, creative story and well acted. Lee Meriwether is particularly good. Decent production values.

James Higgins

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